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WaterISAC to Host U.S. Water Sector Threats Briefing

The WaterISAC will host a webinar-based briefing for Pro subscribers in the U.S. on the current threat environment for the water sector. The briefing will take place on Tuesday, June 29, at 1 p.m. Eastern Time.

David Rosen, F.B.I. analyst and member of the National Counterterrorism Center's Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Counterterrorism Group, will engage in an active discussion with webinar attendees and WaterISAC staff regarding historical and current terrorist trends related to contamination and disruption of drinking water and wastewater service.

Rosen will also discuss the potential consequences of various attack scenarios.

Register today using the WaterISAC Event Sign Up form. Please make sure to select the event titled "Threat Briefing Webinar."

This presentation will be conducted at the Unclassified/For Official Use Only (FOUO) level and is therefore restricted to WaterISAC Pro U.S. subscribers.


DHS Releases Private Sector Resource Catalog

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released a “Private Sector Resources Catalog” collecting training, publications, guidance, alerts, newsletters, programs and services available to the private sector. This is the first such effort to encompass all of DHS and represents a commitment to facilitate public access and increase transparency.

The publication recognizes the diversity of the private sector and includes resources for academia, nonprofits, NGOs, and businesses large and small. DHS has repeatedly stated the important role played by these actors in our nation’s homeland security, and has worked to strengthen partnerships and increase engagement at the local, state and federal levels. Earlier this year, DHS released the Quadrennial Homeland Security Review report to Congress outlining an enterprise approach to homeland security in which multiple partners, including the private sector, share roles and responsibilities in upholding the public safety and well-being of the United States.

DHS will regularly update the catalog to publicize new resources and increase awareness. To download the catalog, click here. For more information or if you have questions, feedback or concerns, contact the DHS Private Sector Office via email, or call (202) 282-8484.


AWWA and ASME-ITI Issue ANSI Standard for Managing Risk and Resilience at Water Utilities

The American Water Works Association (AWWA) and American Society of Mechanical Engineers Innovative Technologies Institute LLC (ASME-ITI) recently announced the development of the first risk and resilience management standard designed specifically for water utilities.

The J100 standard, created in response to 9/11, Hurricane Katrina and other recent disasters, will be released July 1, 2010. The Risk Analysis and Management for Critical Asset Protection (RAMCAP) method is designed to help water and wastewater utilities identify potential threats to U.S. water infrastructure and prepare for or mitigate damage.

“This partnership leverages several years of development across multiple industry sectors, resulting in the only multi-sector, quantitative risk/resilience method available,” said ASME-ITI President J. Reese Meisinger.

“The J100 standard provides the water sector with a critically needed methodology to support risk and resilience decision making, especially in an already resource constrained economy,” added AWWA Executive Director David LaFrance.

Approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) in May, the manual addresses hazards from terrorist attacks to natural disasters with a new RAMCAP methodology. This methodology differs from others by guiding utilities in:

  1. Calculating the probability of a malevolent attack using an innovative approach based on actual incidents;
  2. Calculating the probability of a specific natural hazard occurring at a facility; and
  3. Calculating asset and utility resilience capacity.

An expert committee representing water utilities, risk assessment practitioners and government agencies spent the last 18 months ensuring that the standard considered specific water sector needs.

AWWA and ASME-ITI have also partnered in developing a training program for the J100 standard. This training will provide utilities and practitioners with a functional understanding of the all-hazards
RAMCAP method and how it applies to the water sector. The training will be launched in late July through AWWA’s E-Learning platform.

A more detailed summary of J100 is shared in the Security & Preparedness column of the June Journal AWWA or by clicking here.